08 March 2011

Sugru

So, the sweater error. I decided to punt and put in a zipper, so I wouldn't have to learn to make the damned buttonholes. I lucked into a zipper from the costume shop that was downstairs in my building, but, you get what you pay for: it was too long. So I cut it off. Alas, I cut it off without enough room to turn it properly so that it would form a stop at the end, meaning that the zipper pull was liable to go flying off. That'd be one thing for a sensible grown-up, but a chance not worth taking with a seven year old.

What to do? Sugru!

I read about Sugru sometime last fall, somewhere on the web*, and I promptly sent the link to my husband thinking his tinkering self would love it. Time went by; I forgot about it. But! Bestill my heart - I found some in my Christmas stocking! It is the coolest. It comes in tiny little packets, each holding a couple of teaspoons of this stuff that's sort of like sticky Play-Doh. You form it as needed, and over a day or so, it cures into silicone.

So, I made stoppers at the top of the sweater zipper so the zipper slide won't fly off.



And then, because once the packet of Sugru is open you need to use it all up, I made feet for a little ceramic bowl, to replace the felt feet it had - because the felt feet can't go in the dishwasher and the Sugru can.

sugru 1

And I made two pins - brooches? - out of cobbled together bits and pieces of stuff that was kicking around, just because I could!

sugru 2

It's insanely wonderful, the Sugru. It's only problem is that the packets have a shelf life, and mine has to be used by mid-May. I have more than enough left to fiddle around with, so if you'd like to try it, say so in the comments, before the end of the week. I'll send three packets out into the world, so more people can experience the joy of Sugru.




* I can't find the reference, but I think it was something that Katherine Belsey wrote about.

12 comments:

FreshHell said...

I'd love to have some. The girl and I can make more bottle cap magnets or something. I've never heard of this stuff before but I bet we can use it up.

Janet said...

oooh I have a mug that broke that I haven't tossed cause I loved it so...bet I could put the handle back on with this stuff!

Harriet said...

I'd love to try this stuff. Also, I have that red heart! I got it as a necklace for Valentine's Day when I was probably about your daughter's age. It's carved from some kind of red stone. I will never wear it, but I keep it because I love holding onto it.

Bibliomama said...

I like the image of you wandering around with a slightly deranged glint in your eye, looking for more things to fix or augment -- must! use! up! sugru!

Heide said...

Sounds awesome! Can I try it?

Carol Steel said...

Brilliant! Good for you!

flutter said...

oooh. Fabulous!

mayberry said...

Never heard of the stuff--very cool. I love the pins you made!

De said...

How serendipitous! I love that "Santa" put it in your stocking.

@bibliomama: so funny! that would be me. I don't want nuthin with a shelf life.

Katherine Belsey said...

I wrote about Sugru on an instructable about making a
seashell necklace ...
I'm glad you got a chance to experiment with Sugru, it's such a fun material!

Varda said...

OK, I am now intrigued and fascinated by the idea of hacking things with Sugru. I've been noodling around on their site. It looks like amazing stuff. So I'd love some.

(And that was a brilliant idea to use it for zipper stops.)

Also I'm now totally impressed by how handy and crafty you are.

julochka said...

i've never heard of this miracle product, but it sounds fabulous! and i love the pins you made of bits & pieces - my kinda crafting, i tell you...well done!